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Flat Rock Cellars Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2007 Wine Review

Flat Rock Cellars Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2007

Flat Rock Cellars Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay 2007

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Community Score: 4.4/5

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Price: $16.95

Product #: 681247

Drink: 2009-2011



 

Alcohol: 11.9%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Bottle size: 750 ml

Winery: Flat Rock Cellars

Agent: Flat Rock Cellars

Natalie's Score: 89/100

Lovely balance in this rich but not heavy Chardonnay. Terrific mouth-watering acidity for food. Loaded with generous aromas of green apples and hazelnuts.

This was reviewed December 1, 2009 by

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Our 2007 Chardonnay is a blend of all four blocks of Chardonnay on the Flat Rock property. The Grapes were handpicked in 15kg crates in September, after which it was sorted by hand to remove any unwanted material. Grapes were either de-stemmed and crushed or whole cluster pressed and cold settled in stainless steel tanks.

48% of the wine was fermented and matured on lees in tank. The rest was fermented in barrel and left on the lees for ten months to age. During these months the lees was stirred once a week to increase mouth feel. For the barrel fermented portion we used 21% new oak, 33% second fill French oak barrels and the rest older to achieve good expression of our fruit rather than too much oak influence. We used 90% French oak and 10% American oak to increase complexity. Wild as well as commercial yeast strains were used for the primary fermentation, and malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel.

At the end of maturation all the barrels were tasted and the ones expressing the best varietal fruit character selected for the Estate Chardonnay 2007. The wine was taken out of barrel after 10 months after which it was blended, racked, stabilized, filtered and bottled in August 2008.
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